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February 16, 1990 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Aswirl in a black cape, Rodney Gilfry trounces onto the rehearsal scene, slams a money-filled satchel on the table before his seated adversary, Falstaff (Benjamin Luxon), then proceeds to vent his knuckle-biting fury. Gilfry is portraying Ford, the imaginary cuckold in Verdi's "Falstaff," which opens tonight at the Pavilion, courtesy of Music Center Opera. And he ends his rich-voiced monologue on a bench, quivering with impotent rage, reduced to a fit of paranoia.
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February 16, 1990 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Aswirl in a black cape, Rodney Gilfry trounces onto the rehearsal scene, slams a money-filled satchel on the table before his seated adversary, Falstaff (Benjamin Luxon), then proceeds to vent his knuckle-biting fury. Gilfry is portraying Ford, the imaginary cuckold in Verdi's "Falstaff," which opens tonight at the Pavilion, courtesy of Music Center Opera. And he ends his rich-voiced monologue on a bench, quivering with impotent rage, reduced to a fit of paranoia.
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September 9, 1999
L.A. Opera's new production of Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" (borrowed from San Francisco Opera) continues at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Sunday and Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., Wednesday and Sept. 18, 21 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Denyce Graves sings the role of Dalila at all performances. As Samson, Placido Domingo sings Sept. 18, and American tenor Gary Lakes takes the role Wednesday and Sept. 21, 24 and 26. Lawrence Foster is the conductor, Nicolas Joel the stage director.
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March 6, 1986 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" has been added to the Music Center Opera's inaugural 1986-87 season that includes productions of Verdi's "Otello," Richard Strauss' "Salome," Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Handel's "Alcina," Peter Hemmings, executive director of the opera association announced at a press conference at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Wednesday.
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July 27, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
"Carousel" is still a heartbreaker. It is Starlight Musical Theatre's fourth go-round for this 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, but the story of the out-of-work carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, who commits an ill-fated robbery in a misguided attempt to provide for his pregnant wife, is as poignant as ever. The show is an update of "Liliom" by Ferenc Molnar, and is set in a fictional late-19th Century New England fishing town.
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December 2, 2001
December 2-8, 2001 Movies As his follow-up to last year's "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic," director Steven Soderbergh switched creative gears for a remake of the Rat Pack casino heist flick "Ocean's Eleven." The cast of contemporary Hollywood's biggest stars includes Andy Garcia, above left, George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Opens Friday.
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January 1, 1989 | Craig Fisher
LAST YEAR, The Times singled out 88 Southern Californians for their prospects in the year ahead. What happened to the Class of '88? Quite a bit. In sports, there were two clear winners. Tim Belcher, in his first full season with the Dodgers, was among the year's top rookie pitchers, going 12-6 in 36 appearances with a 2.91 earned-run average.
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May 26, 1987 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
William Hall proved his affinity long ago for the gentle introspection, the bleak poetry, the timeless grandeur and the numbing pathos of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem." Sunday afternoon at Royce Hall, UCLA, he proved that the vast challenge of this remarkable score remains well within his grasp. He conveyed the inherent expressive agonies with clarity and point, always avoiding the obvious pitfalls of exaggeration.
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September 5, 2000 | SHAUNA SNOW
CLASSICAL MUSIC Operalia Finals: Seven Russians, two Americans and two Canadians will compete against one contestant each from Armenia, China, Argentina and Ukraine in tonight's finals of Placido Domingo's Operalia 2000: The World Opera Contest, at UCLA's Royce Hall. Each finalist--selected from an original field of 41 contestants--will sing one aria, accompanied by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Domingo.
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March 30, 1987 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Rudolf Nureyev, who was once proclaimed by the late George Balanchine as "the only true star," still works the box-office magic that earned him that distinction: He sold out the 6,225-seat Shrine Auditorium for a one-night stand Saturday. Of course, this functional definition of stardom would now have to include Nureyev's Soviet compatriot, Mikhail Baryshnikov. Other than for these two, such crowds are not easy to entice.
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February 10, 1995 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A rare company foray into the Wagner repertory with "Der Fliegende Hollander" (The Flying Dutchman) and the return of Placido Domingo to sing Verdi's seldom-staged "Stiffelio" highlight the 10th season of L.A. Music Center Opera, running from Sept. 7 of this year to June 7, 1996, in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Announced Thursday by General Director Peter Hemmings, the season includes 46 performances of seven operas--five new to the company repertory.
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